The Volkswagen Beetle Dune is now on sale, priced from £21,300 in coupé guise and £24,255 in convertible form.
At launch the Dune is available with two engines: a 103bhp 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol and a 148bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel. Gearbox choices include a six-speed manual as standard and an optional six or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.
Originally unveiled as a concept at the 2014 Detroit motor show, the Beetle Dune receives more rugged-looking styling, an increased ride height and larger wheels and tyres than standard versions of the second-generation modern-day Beetle, all in a bid to give it similar appeal to Volkswagen’s dedicated off-road models.
Yet despite the off-roader-inspired design touches, the new model will be sold exclusively with front-wheel drive. This is due to the lack of a four-wheel drive option for the Beetle, which is produced at Volkswagen’s Puebla plant in Mexico.